Created and designed by two Tornado experts, two time Olympic medallist, Mitch BOOTH (NED), and 1992 Olympic gold medal winner, Yves LODAY (FRA), the boat has been created to fill the gap in grand prix sailboat racing.
The boats are guaranteed to catch the eye as the 40 foot catamaran is expected to reach boat speeds of 35 knots on flat water in around 25 knots of wind and to fly one hull in as little as six knots of wind.
The race series will be launched in the forthcoming months and will attract some of the world's top sailors and provide audiences all around the globe with an exciting spectacle. The boats will be crewed by four sailors who will be joined by one non-participant, which is likely to be a media guest, celebrity or VIP, enabling them to enjoy the experience first-hand.
|A computer rendering of the new Volvo
Glenn BOURKE, Chief Executive Volvo Ocean Race commented, 'The introduction of the Volvo Extreme 40 grand prix series is an exciting addition to our in-port race entertainment package. Can you imagine just how thrilling it will be with these boats flying a hull just feet away from the spectator gallery? The design characteristics of the boats will ensure stiff competition - and an up close and personal experience for those fortunate enough to secure a 'guest' spot on board.'